Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – July 24th to 31st, 1961

Picturesque gardens are popular show places for summer visitors. Shown below are the CPR gardens at Port McNicoll, the Martyrs Shrine and Midlander Tom Trew’s regal lily garden.  


Editorial page photo entitled; “Space Age Clipper Ship”. Large crowds of visitors swarmed over HMCS “Buckingham” as the RCN Spencerian class frigate held open house at Midland dock Sunday. On a training cruise on the Great Lakes, the ship carries 161 men and officers. The ship is under the command of Lieut-Cmdr. T. B. L. Hebbert. 

Officers of HMCS Buckingham, the Royal Canadian Navy frigate which visited Midland last week on a training cruise, played host to a number of civic dignitaries aboard ship Friday night, prior to their departure next day for Owen Sound. Left to right are Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hack and Lieut-Cmdr. Bud Kidd, executive officer; Alderman and Mrs. Oliver Lesperance; Alderman and Mrs. Albert Atkinson; and A. J. Preston, president of Midland Golf and Country Club, and Mrs. Preston. The officers of the Buckingham had been guests of the town at a dinner held at the golf club earlier in the week. 

Stubborn as an army mule is the wreck of the old Major, which employees of Waubaushene Navigation Company are trying to raise from the west side of Midland harbour. Ten inches of quick sand over a bottom of hard-pan clay cling stubbornly to the old vessel, which was sunk many decades ago to form a small dry dock. Barge beside the Major contains tractors and other heavy equipment used in an effort to dislodge the old ship. 

      The old ” MAJOR ” drydock owned by Ganton Dobson of Midland, which had recently been beached on the west shore of Midland Bay previous to being towed to Owen Sound, was totally destroyed by fire early last Saturday morning. (Dobson had decided to move his dry dock business to Owen Sound.)
      The cause of the fire is still shrouded in mystery. Many of Midland’s citizens were awakened by a strong smell of smoke blowing off the bay, and upon investigation discovered it to be issuing from the burning hulk of the old MAJOR. 
      The life story of the MAJOR is one of the most interesting tales of the Great Lakes. 
      She was owned by Ganton Dobson, for many years president and general manager of the Georgian Bay Shipbuilding and Wrecking Company, and is now occupying the same office in the newly formed Georgian Bay Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., which had planned to take her to Owen Sound to continue her career as a dry dock. She has been in service for 52 years. Of wooden construction, reinforced with steel arches and Howe Truss, she was built by a noted shipbuilder, James Davidson, in the year 1889, in Bay City, Michigan. She was 202 feet long by 41 feet beam and 20 feet deep. She had a very successful life until November 9, 1913. This was the year marked by so many disasters on the Great Lakes. 
      When she was on Lake Superior, carrying a load of coal and making heavy weather, she rolled her smoke stack off her. She was abandoned by her crew, but some hours after she was picked up and towed to Sault Ste. Marie, where her cargo was salvaged and the steamer sold to the late Jas. Playfair and his associates. They brought her to Midland where she underwent repairs, and was put in the stone, coal, ore and grain trade. This she carried on until the year 1918. Her engines were then taken out and put in a new steel boat. The hull was sold to the Georgian Bay Shipbuilding and Wrecking Co., who made her into a dry-dock in the winter of 1921 and 1922. Until recently she had lain at the foot of Midland Avenue. 
      The MAJOR had dry-docked 230 ships, of all kinds, successfully; many of which were extensively rebuilt; thus providing many men with work throughout the depression, besides bringing much trade to the merchants of Midland. 
      There are not many ships left on the Great Lakes at the age of 52 years still carrying on business. This one was one of the last built by Mr. Davidson. 
      Free Press Herald, Midland 
      Wednesday, October 1, 1941 

It is understood that she was scuttled between Brebeuf and Giant’s Tomb Islands.

An eye catcher for tourists approaching Midland from the south on Highway 27 is the gaily-colored new Brooklea Golf and Country Club’s clubhouse and swimming pool. The pool was officially opened last week and is proving a popular spot for both club members and visitors. 

One of the big attractions at Midland’s new Brooklea Golf and Country Club is a handsome swimming pool, plus, no doubt, bathing beauties. Here Faith Cripps relaxes on the diving board while two smaller tykes take advantage of the cool waters on one of the hottest days of the year. 

Lots of fishermen spend hundreds of dollars on fancy equipment and still don’t achieve the results this lad did with a four-foot tree branch, a piece of old line, a 10-cent hook and a dead minnow. Happy lad is 10-year old Bobby Sakaguchi of Toronto; proudly displaying the three-pound bass he caught in Midland’s Little Lake last Wednesday afternoon. 

Two of the busiest men in Midland these days are Lieut. Wm. Johnston of Midland Salvation Army Corps and his assistant Cadet Lewis Ashwell, standing at right. They are organizing an odd-job service for employable unemployed persons. 

Camp grounds at Little Lake Park are jam-packed with tents and trailers these days. Space appears to be at premium as tent ropes criss-cross each other. The scene above is reminiscent of 25 years ago. 


Free Press Herald headline of Wednesday, July 26, 1961.
A unique experiment, which it is hoped can be developed into a year-round service, was launched Monday by the Salvation Army Corps of Midland as a means of rehabilitating employable unemployed persons who are not eligible for unemployment insurance or municipal welfare. The project involves an odd-job service force of about 20 men, all heads of families, who now have no source of income and require work immediately. Administration of the service and labor pool will be supervised by local Salvation Army officers, with headquarters at 235 Second Street, Midland. The officers are working in co-operation with officials of the National Employment Service in Midland. 

     For the second weekend in succession, what might have been a major tragedy was averted on Georgian Bay Sunday evening when six persons were picked from the angry waters following a flash storm. Last week four men from the Etobicoke area narrowly escaped drowning after clinging to their overturned boat for an hour and a half off Methodist Island. Sunday night it was Mr. and Mrs. Mel Lockhart, well-known Victoria Harbour couple, their daughters, Penny, 19 and Margaret, 18, Patsy Crawford, 10, of Toronto, and their 2-year-old  grandson, Rickey McMann. Following the hottest day of the year, the Lockharts were returning with the four children from Port Severn to Victoria Harbour. Around 8.30 p.m. huge storm clouds suddenly appeared in the west, followed shortly afterwards by heavy winds and, finally heavy rain. In the heavy seas that developed, waves broke over the sides of the Lockharts’ 14-foot boat, which was powered by a 40 hp motor. Soon the boat filled with water and sank. The boat was equipped with seats of life-saving material as well as life jackets. Mr. and Mrs. Lockhart clung to these for almost an hour before they were finally rescued,” said OPP constable Bill Mohan.  Fortunately, the two adults had time to fit the two-year-old boy firmly in a lifejacket  before the boat sank. By the time Const Mohan was able to get the police boat to the scene, the six persons had been picked up by two boats which came out from the Waubaushene cottage area. One of the boats picked up Penny Lockhart and 10-year-old Patsy Crawford, who were attempting to swim the mile and a half to shore. Const. Mohan said, both Mr. and Mrs. Lockhart were very tired and stiff from more than an hour in the water and their efforts to keep the little lad’s head above the water. 

     Members of Simcoe County committees for homes for the aged will be selecting and ordering furniture for the new addition to Georgian Manor at a meeting in Penetang today. Reeve Alf Cage of Penetang, a member of the committee, said the building is fast approaching the point where it will be ready for the furniture. Asked whether an opening date had been set, he said, “there is no official date but I think the earliest possible date would be September 15.” 

    A one-time regular occurrence in Midland 25 or more years ago, a graduation ceremony for trainees at St. Andrews Hospital, Midland, will be revived July 31. The graduation will take place in St. Paul’s United Church next Monday. Receiving their certificates will be eleven students who enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistants’ course at St. Andrews last fall. Principal speaker for the evening will be Dr. P. B. Rynard, M.P. for Simcoe East. 

    A man reporters can truly write about as being “90 years young”, is Msgr. J. M. Castex, popular parish priest of Penetang, who marked his 90th anniversary Saturday, July 22. When I visited him at his cottage at Marygrove this week, I found him enjoying the cool breezes wafting through the shady knoll on the high promontory overlooking the entrance to Penetang Bay. I hesitated to disturb him, for he was engrossed in his Bible. Somehow he must have sensed my presence for suddenly, he looked up; then, with a smile on his kindly face, beckoned me to come nearer. As the distance between us decreased and allowed his slightly failing eyesight to identify his visitor, he greeted me and patting the arm of a nearby chair, invited me to sit with him. Although he has spent the summer at this spot for some 16 years, Msgr. Castex is as thrilled today as he ever has been with the marvelous view out through the “gap”. He can see as far as Waubaushene on a clear day. A stand has been built at the edge of the lawn to hold a powerful telescope and, he says, “I can even see the fishing lines of those fishing in boats several miles away.” When he had finished extolling the virtues of this location I turned the conversation to his own personal history, and found he had come to Canada at the age of 19. On that crossing he spent 10 days on the ocean travelling third class. “And you can imagine what third class was like in those days, he said, with evidence of distaste in the grimace on his face. He landed at Quebec City, August 4, 1890. Since then he has returned to his native France seven or eight times. More recent trips have been by air, the latest of those two years ago. When I asked him whether or not he was going to fly again, he came back quickly, “By all means.” Marygrove Camp has been one of his favorite projects, and there is little doubt he could talk enthusiastically about it for hours. Although it was an extremely hot day, Msgr. Castex insisted on showing his latest pride and joy, the new chapel at Marygrove, opened only three weeks ago. “Do you mind walking over there through the bush?” he asked with an impish grin on his face, and promptly started off through a woodland path. 

H. Martin and J. Smith, both of Toronto, in a weeks fishing off Woodland Beach caught 30 lake trout with a total weight of 150 pounds. The biggest was 14 pounds, two ounces. * * * Tondakea Lodge, Franz Johnston’s outdoor school of art was beginning its sixth successful season at Balm Beach with a big addition being made to the main lodge. * * * Rev. L. A. Duce, minister of Clavary Baptist Church, Midland, was leaving that church to further his studies. * * * Under the direction of W. G. McQuay, Midland contractor, the federal government was equipping the five corners of the three piers of the Midland dock with oak and concrete buffers. * * * More than 300 attended the song and hymn service at Little Lake Park, Midland, which was led by a mass choir. * * * Midland boys’ and girls’ summer playground activity at Little Lake Park was jointly sponsored by the Midland Board of Education, Midland Kiwanis Club and the Midland YMCA. * * * Midland Planing Mills had just completed the installation of machinery in their new plant and were taking over the retail end of the business formerly carried on by Midland Wood Products Limited. * * * Following a meeting with the Hon. David Croll, Tiny Township council officials decided to delay their decision to cut off all relief until further consideration could be given to the matter by Mr. Croll’s department. * * * Midland Branch 80 of the Canadian Legion held a Decoration Day service and placed wreaths on the cenotaph and on the graves of service personnel at the Anglican, Roman Catholic and Lakeview Cemeteries. * * * Midland Kiwanis Club was preparing its “Millionaires’ Street Carnival” with $800 in prizes.   

     The presence of mind of an 11-year-old boy averted a tragedy at Penetang Red Dock Sunday. The hero of the incident is James York, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles York, Penetang Road. He played a leading role in the rescue of his young cousin, Irvin Crawford, 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Crawford, 1631 Glenholme Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont. The two boys, both non-swimmers, were on a fishing expedition with their fathers. Irvin toppled off the dock into deep water. Jimmy reached out as far as he could, grabbed the struggling boy and held on until Mr. York and Mr. Crawford arrived to pull him out. After his rescue, Irvin commented: “I lost my shoes.” 


County Herald headline of Friday July 28, 1961.
Two Midland firms have been awarded substantial contracts by federal government departments, Dr. P. B. Rynard, M.P. for Simcoe East, revealed yesterday. The two contracts total $78,341.94, one of which is for Department of Defence Production and the other is a Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation project. Largest of the two contracts was awarded to Ernst Leitz (Canada) Limited of Midland. It amounts to $53,341.94 for precision equipment ordered by the Defence Production Department. The CMHC contract was awarded to Thomas G. Wilcox and Sons of Midland and amounts to roughly $25,000. This newspaper learned yesterday that the contract covers a landscaping project for 118 new CHMC housing units at Petawawa, Ont. Included in the work is grading, sodding, shrub planting and so forth. The Wilcox firm plans to start the grading next week. It is expected about three weeks will be required to complete the project, if good weather prevails. About 10 men will be employed on the project, four of them members of the staff of the Midland contracting company. The Wilcox firm has completed landscaping projects for the Department of Highways and at RCAF stations at Camp Borden and Edgar, recently. 

    Penetang’s police force will be able to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its founding Sept. 11 of this year. It has not been operating as a municipal force for all of the 70 years, however. For a number of years a detachment of the OPP was stationed at Penetang to provide municipal police protection. From the single man appointed 70 years ago, the police department has grown to a staff of five men today. A request from Lieut. Col. J. J. Pratt, command provost marshal of the Canadian Army’s Central Command, for an old police hat badge sent Penetang’s Chief Constable Jack Arbour searching through the town’s bylaws this week to determine when the town first appointed an officer of the law. The search turned up Bylaw No. 193, dated Sept. 11, 1891, appointing James Francis Dempsey as chief constable. The bylaw, beautifully handwritten by Harry Jennings, clerk, and signed by W. H. Hewson, mayor, reads as follows: “Bylaw 193 of the Corporation of Penetanguishene “To appoint a Chief Constable, night watchman, sanitary inspector, truant officer and caretaker of the Fire Hall. “Whereas it is deemed necessary and expedient for the good government of the Corporation of the Town of Penetanguishene to appoint a Chief constable, night watchman, sanitary inspector, truant officer and caretaker of the Fire Hall for Town of Penetanguishene. “It is therefore enacted by Council of the Corporation of the Town of Penetanguishene in Council assembled that James Francis Dempsey be and he is thereby appointed Chief Constable, night watchman, sanitary inspector, truant officer and caretaker of the Fire Hall, with all the powers invested by Statute in each and every of said offices, and that for the due and proper fulfillment of all the said offices he shall receive the salary of Four Hundred Dollars per annum together with the amount granted by the Court of Sessions for lockup keeper, and any and all Court fees which he may become entitled to in Criminal cases where the prisoners may be convicted to the County Gaol, but to no other fees as constable. “That this bylaw shall take, effect from the passing thereof and that this appointment may be terminated at any time at the pleasure of the Council of the Corporation of Penetanguishene.” 

    If you heard the boom of guns and saw the flash of starshells the last two nights on Georgian Bay, there is no cause for alarm. F. K. McKean, district marine agent at Parry Sound, advised last week the HMCS Buckingham, which recently visited Midland, and her sister ship the HMCS Lauzon carried out gunnery practice Monday night, and starshell firing Tuesday night. These practices were carried out on a firing range established near the centre of Georgian Bay due west of Parry Sound, Mr. McKean stated. 

      With St. Ann’s Parochial School scheduled to start operations in September, Penetang will have a total of six schools in operation.  The new venture will accommodate Grade 11 pupils for the coming term. It is expected the school will be enlarged to house Grade 12 as well, next year. The parochial school is of a private nature, with parents contributing fees for children who attend the institution. Affairs of the school will be governed by a parish committee, with Msgr. J. M. Castex at its head. Others on the committee at the present time include Father J. Kelly, vice chairman, Father L. O’Malley and Father Guy Hamel, Jerome Lacroix, Bernard Leclaire and Romeo Asselin, secretary. Two temporary buildings are now under construction on property adjoining the Knights of Columbus Hall, Poyntz Street. The buildings are of a type generally known as “portable class-room”. Committee member Bernard Leclaire said, this week, attendance is expected to be approximately 35 pupils. 

    Penetang Legion has embarked on another expansion program at its club headquarters, at Simcoe and Peel Streets. Work is well underway on a second-floor unit above the addition to the ground-floor auditorium completed several years ago. The new room, approximately 42 by 65 feet, will be used as a recreation room for club members. At the same time, the basement underneath the auditorium addition is being finished off with plywood panelling on the walls. An entirely new heating system is being installed in the building, with sufficient capacity to care for the extra space being created. There is also a possibility that air conditioning may be installed in the auditorium, according to Legion officials.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – July 16th to 23rd, 1961

The photos found in this blog post are the property of Huronia Museum, Midland, Ontario. Any reproduction for commercial use without permission is prohibited.  Any other distribution must credit Huronia Museum.  Please contact the museum with any questions you may have. 

    Summer is a busy season, an outdoor season, and our excuse for falling behind on our weekly posting of this blog. The Huronia Museum is finally open again! We are enjoying a steady increase in visitors.

   The July 19th paper is missing 12 of its 20 pages, they are not on the original microfilm, time permitting we will check the originals to see if they were just missed during the filming or truly no longer exist. 


The Free Press Herald headline of Wednesday July 19, 1961.
A breakdown in an electric motor on the marine railway at Big Chute Thursday, which tied up cruiser traffic on the Trent-Severn waterway over one of the busiest weekends so far this season, was repaired by 5.30 p.m. Monday night. An official at the marine railway told this newspaper yesterday that all the boats above and below the railway had been “locked through” by 9.20 p.m. Monday. He said approximately 27 boats, about half of which were up bound, were transported on the railway during the four-hour period, after the motor had been repaired. He said the coils had burned out in the motor Thursday. The railway carries boats up to 50 tons over a steep incline, bypassing the power plant dam. On most summer weekends, 200 boats are transported by the railway. It is one of two on the Severn. A Midland family, Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Nicholson and daughter, who left Midland by boat last Tuesday and travelled as far as Bobcaygeon on the Trent-Severn, were among those who encountered the Big Chute snag on their return run Friday. 

    A host of Midlanders paid their last respects to J. W. Bald, long-time businessman and one of the town’s esteemed citizens who died in St. Andrews Hospital Friday in his 94th year. He had been in hospital about six weeks. Funeral service was conducted at Nicholls funeral home Monday afternoon by Rev. Wilson Morden, minister of St. Paul’s United Church, Midland. Mr. Bald had been an honorary elder of the church. Pallbearers were three members each from Midland Masonic and IOOF lodges. Masonic representatives were Charles Flowers, J. J. Robins, and Ralph R. Wilson, and IOOF members were Albert Bowie, Tom Curry Sr., and William Steer. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery. Although photography was John W. Bald’s business, it by no means the only interest in his life. He was in turn a hockey and lacrosse player, a boating enthusiast, keen huntsman and an active worker in fraternal circles. 

    A $12,100 contract for dredging at Port McNicoll was recently awarded to Ontario Marine and Dredging Ltd. of Toronto. This was announced last week when the federal Department of Works issued the list of contracts awarded in June. 

    This weekend was one of tragedy and near tragedy in the Georgian Bay-South Muskoka area. When the toll was totalled, three persons had died by drowning, four others  had been rescued from a similar fate, one man was killed in a highway accident, and a large cruiser had blown up beside a dock in Honey Harbour. Drowned in the MacDonald River, north of Port Severn, were Mrs. Donald Wright, 38, and her 4-year-old son, Jeffery Edward Wright, both of Don Mills, and Noreen Harvey, 36, of Toronto. Gerald Joseph Cadeau, 25, of Port Severn died in hospital in Toronto after the car in which he was driving went off Highway 103 and rolled over, near the entrance to Six Mile Lake Provincial Park. 

    Charting the eastern shore of Georgian Bay to find a safe sheltered route through the thousands of islands and shoals fringing the shore is currently being carried out. This was announced recently by the federal Department of Mines and Technical Surveys. The Georgian Bay work is being carried out on the CGL Bayfield, with A. Quirk the officer-in-charge. 

    Midland’s Walker Store acquired a new manager last week in Bruce Watt, who succeeds Lorne Craig. Manager of the Midland store for several years, Mr. Craig has joined the staff of Northways as manager of the firm’s Oshawa store. Born in Stratford, the young manager of Walker’s Midland attended public and high school in the Classic City before joining Walker Stores five years ago. From Stratford he went to Woodstock and finally to Midland. Mr. and Mrs. Watt, the former June Pflance of Stratford, have two children — Steven, 7 and Shelley, 3. They are members of the Baptist Church. 

    PORT SEVERN — Former summer residents and many visitors have been arriving at Port Severn in increasing numbers and one of the changes they encounter is new ownership and management at Bill’s General Store. Jim Mahaffey and Jim Kape of Toronto have purchased the well-known Port Severn business from Bill Muir who has relocated on the new highway. The new owners, formerly were engaged for many years in the sporting goods field. They are already active in the management of the Port Severn business and told a representative of this newspaper they think prospects for development of the Port Severn area are excellent. The partners are bringing their families to Port Severn to live. 

    Boys will be boys! An unknown lad, about five years old, was probably the most surprised and frightened boy in Penetang yesterday afternoon, when the fire siren suddenly burst into a wail after he had innocently pushed a button. Two girls working in the Penetang office of this paper saw the lad climb on to a bench in front of the fire hall, climb up to the top of the back-rest and push the alarm button, as two little girl companions watched. Two mothers of the children apparently were shopping in Dominion Stores. As the siren started to wail, the lad scampered down off the bench and the trio headed for the store door just as their mothers appeared. The mothers hurried their children across the road out of the way of traffic. According to conversation overheard, the mothers were blissfully unaware that one of their offspring was the cause of all the commotion. 

    A 15-year-old Coldwater lad had a narrow brush with death during Saturday’s electrical storm when lightning killed a dog resting on his lap and knocked the lad unconscious. Richard Cuthbertson was said to have been sitting in a deckchair outside his father’s service station on Highway 12, stroking the head of his pet dog. Apparently a bolt of lightning struck a nearby tree and travelled along a chain to the dog’s collar.  The dog was said to have been killed instantly and Richard was shocked rigid and knocked out by the charge. He was taken into the house by his father, and a doctor was called. The boy, however, recovered within a couple of minutes. He is quoted as saying he couldn’t move. He remembers hearing a bang. 


County Herald headline of Friday July 21, 1961.
No further welfare payments will be made to employable men and women in Midland, council decided at its special meeting Monday night. The decision is to have effect immediately and those affected are to be notified by letter, council ruled. Council’s action followed a letter from Midland’s welfare administrator John Sharp to Alderman Albert Atkinson, chairman of the public welfare committee. Noting the government’s edict that employable welfare recipients must not work for their allotment, Mr. Sharp’s letter said. “Welfare has become an attractive proposition and is bound to result in increased applications for welfare. “The employable welfare recipient today, receives cash payments twice a month for food, fuel and rent without doing anything to compensate for them. A medical voucher is issued once a month to take care of doctor’s services and hospital care when that is needed is also provided. “This is bound to destroy initiative to work and will engender a ‘who-needs-work’ attitude that, if continued very long, will be hard to eradicate. A definite policy must be laid down to deal with this situation.” 

    Dr. P. B. Rynard, M.P. for Simcoe East, currently relaxing after the adjournment of one of the longest sessions in the history of the House of Commons, this week reviewed improvements that have been made or are being made in this area by federal departments. Dr. Rynard said: “We are now adjourned for a few weeks; tourism will be in full swing and those fortunate enough to be enjoying holidays will be in your midst, enjoying one of the finest sports in the world — boating. The docks in your area — the parking spaces for boats, have all been examined by the federal departments concerned; the old unsightly hulks in the harbor which marred the shoreline, have been raised and towed away no longer to spoil the beauty of Midland harbor. The dock at Cedar Point has been repaired, in fact, almost rebuilt. Soon, a new steel boat will be plying back and forth across the straits from Christian Island. “The post office at Penetang has been given a face-lifting with new floors, new paint work and new wiring and is now very smart looking. If they are not already in, the docks soon will have new outlets.  A new site for a post office in Midland is being considered. This is in accordance with the policy of, the department to place all federal offices under one roof as far as possible. Victoria Harbour had to have their dock rebuilt and it is now very nice indeed. I was very happy to hear from Victoria Harbour council expressing their appreciation. We had some much-needed dredging done at Waubaushene, and some is to be done at Port McNicoll.  At Coldwater, the river was dredged and cleared of obstructions. At Black Lake, the dock was extended, repaired and lights installed. “I am always very pleased to have matters such as these brought to my attention and I would like to express my grateful thanks for the help I have received, by letter and otherwise, from residents of East Simcoe. It is only by listening to the advice of the people that we are able to build and repair for the communities that are in the best interests of all.” 

    Midland Mayor Charles Parker confirmed yesterday ten conservation farm workers (Camp Hillsdale), directed by a supervisor, working at intervals on projects in the Midland area. Noting that four projects in this area had been approved, Mayor Parker said the men had cleared some brush in Little Lake Park and had started work clearing brush and filling in a shallow pond near the town’s present dump site. Part of this area might be turned into a playground and part used for industrial sites in the future the mayor added. Mr. Parker said approval also had been given for the conservation farm workers to do under brushing and clearing in the Vindin Street area and in the Tay reforestation area on property owned by Midland. He said the men were not working here continuously as they had other work in the surrounding townships. Mayor Parker said. “They are doing a very fine job.” 

    Mayor Charles Parker told a special meeting of Midland council Monday night that objections to the town’s new dump had been voiced. Mr. Parker said that, during the annual visit of provincial health officials the previous week, Mac Perrin had been the spokesman for a delegation of Tiny Township residents who opposed the dump site being located on the Albert Dragoman property. Mayor Parker said the delegation wanted to know if the new site had the approval of health officials and he advised that it had. Mr. Parker said he considered Tiny Township had given its approval at a joint meeting of Tay, Tiny and Penetang councils when they met earlier in the year to discuss garbage disposal problems. The mayor then suggested that Alderman Walter Woods, who has been looking after the new garbage disposal arrangements, should talk with Tiny Township officials about the situation. Alderman Woods said health officials had definitely assured him that, under the present plan, the new dump site had their approval. Noting the suggestion of the dump polluting a stream in the vicinity, Mr. Woods said he too was concerned but had been assured by health officials there would be no pollution unless the garbage was put on the lower portion of the property. 

    Midland motorists started to pay more for their gasoline, according to a survey of service station operators this week. Ten cent per gallon increases on both regular and premium gasolines were reported at Richmond’s Fina, Curry’s Texaco and Cumming and Brodeur’s White Rose stations. Prior to the increase Texaco and White Rose gasolines were 31.9 cents for regular and 36.9 cents for premium while Fina regular was 30.9 cents and 36 cents for regular and  premium respectively. Wilford’s B.A. and Nesbitt’s Esso stations reported eight cent increases on both grades. Before the increases both stations were selling regular gas at 33.9 cents and premium at 38.9 cents. Boyd’s Shell station revealed yesterday that their regular gasoline had gone up eight cents from 32.9 cents and their premium gasoline is up five cents from 40.9 cents. (If my math is correct that one gallon, 4.55 liters, of regular gasoline at .32 cents per gallon in 1961, now cost $5.92 at $1.30 per liter.) 

    Measles, with 63 cases reported, heads the list of communicable diseases contained in the latest report of Simcoe County Health Unit. Other communicable diseases reported were chicken pox, 29; German measles, 26; mumps and scarlet fever, two each and typhoid fever, 1 for a total of 123. 

    After two week’s operations at the Forget site southeast of Wyebridge, Western University’s Summer School of Indian Archaeology ended its course with a banquet July 14 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Penetanguishene. During the evening some interesting data were furnished by Roma Standefer, the dig cataloguer. Miss Standefer revealed that almost 10,000 artifacts were unearthed and counted during the school’s two weeks of operation around a longhouse and a dump (midden). 

    Dairies have been notified that milk sold in cartons and allied products must contain the name of the operator or dairy where they were processed. This was revealed by Dr. P. A. Scott, Simcoe County Health Unit director in his latest report. Dr. Scott noted the unit recently had received complaints from people who had purchased milk in cartons that were not labelled with the processors name and address. “In some cases the milk was of unsatisfactory quality and when the container did not reveal the name of the dairy, the purchaser was unable to specify what dairy had processed it.” Dr. Scott noted. 

ADAMS — To Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Adams (nee Beryl Jones) 6 Milfordhaven Drive, Scarborough, at Scarborough General Hospital, on Tuesday, July 4, 1961, a daughter.
CHAPMAN — To Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Chapman, 140 Seventh Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Monday, July 17, 1961, a daughter.
DAVIE — To Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Davie, Wasaga Beach, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Monday, July 10, 1961, a son.
FARMER — To Mr. and Mrs. James Farmer (nee Shirley Hebner), at St.  Joseph’s Hospital, North Bay, on Wednesday, July 12, 1961, a son.
GOETZ — To Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Goetz, Port McNicoll, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Friday, July 7, 1961, a daughter.
HANDY — To Mr and Mrs. Wm. Handy, Waverley, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Friday, July 7, 1961, a son.
LESPERANCE — To Mr. and Mrs. Emery Lesperance, RR 1, Perkinsfield, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Saturday, July 8, 1961, a daughter.
PRATT — To Mr. and Mrs. John L. Pratt, 38 Water St., Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Sunday, July 9, 1961, a daughter.
QUESNELLE — To Mr. and Mrs. Willard Quesnelle, 299 Second St. Midland, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Monday, July 10, 1961, a son.
THAYER — To Mr. and Mrs. Edward Thayer, 99 Gloucester Street, Midland, at St. Andrews Hospital, Sunday, July 18, 1961, a daughter. 

An early morning blaze Tuesday gutted Buttson’s  service station, located on Robert Street, W., Penetang, and the junction of the Lafontaine road. The fire was discovered by Const. Jack Birks of the Penetang force. 

A near tragedy was averted in Georgian Bay off Victoria Harbour Saturday night when four men were rescued after they had clung to an overturned boat for 1 1/2 hours. Seen with their boat, are left to right George Seabrook, Guy Wagner, Tom Payne and Bruce Taverner, all of the Etobicoke area. 

Tay Township official Walter Lumsden, above, bails out the boat which was in distress in the bay. He helped rescue four Etobicoke men late Saturday night off Victoria Harbour. Mr. Lumsden, his son, Gary, and Charles Huff, a cottager at the Harbour, went to the rescue in the 22-foot cruiser “Chip”, seen at rear, after Mr. Huff heard cries for help from the dark water east of Methodist Island. 

Large crowds of visitors swarmed over HMCS “Buckingham” as the RCN Spencerian class frigate held open house at Midland dock Sunday. On a training cruise on the Great Lakes, the ship carries 161 men and officers. The ship is under the command of Lieut-Cmdr. T. B. L. Hebbert. 

Cash Your Baby Bonus Cheque Here Place your name in the box — If your name is drawn you will win a $15 voucher to spend on anything in our store. Cross Country store promotion. The winner of $15.00 on June 30th is Mrs. Grace Diane Lowes of Wyebridge and Frank Keenan is seen presenting the cheque. 

Once in a life time event happened for Adam Millar last week when he got a hole-in-one on the 8th hole at Midland Golf and Country Club. Looking over the five iron Adam used are left to right, Haig Abbott, Mr. Millar, Ken McCaughen and Don Axler. It was the second hole in one on successive nights at the club.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – July 8th to 15th, 1961

Sorry, we have fallen behind in preparing this weekly post, the information is now 3,120 plus 1, weeks old.

Sale of the yacht Haidee, owned by D. L. Pratt, to Bruce Eplett of Victoria Harbour was completed at Midland last week. Although, Mr. Eplett declined to comment on the proposal, it is understood that he plans to operate a cruise service out of Midland this summer. The cruise ship is pictured above at the dock of Great Lakes Boat and Machine. 

It’s holiday time again, and the children and adults above, relaxing at Little Lake Park, are typical of the many vacationers to be found throughout North Simcoe at this time of year. Safe swimming and play areas for children are among the paramount attractions of resorts in this district. (Taken from the roof of the boathouse.)

Careful mapping of every bit of information obtained by students of the summer school of archaeology at the Forget Site south of Midland is an important part of the project. Here Maryl Mercer of Guelph (left), Dr. Wilfrid Jury’s secretary, points out some interesting find to Elisabeth McAskill of Kingston, one of the guides at Midland Y’s Men’s Club’s Indian village in Midland this year. 

There’s lots of action like this for wrestling fans every Monday night at Midland Arena Gardens. The card is sponsored by the Midland Minor Hockey Association to help “put the kids on the ice” next winter. Here Tony Marino enjoys a brief advantage over rugged Ivan Kalmikoff while equally rugged Karl Kalmikoff leers his disgust from the corner. Seemingly unmoved by it all is referee Bunny Dunlop. 


Free Press Herald headline of Wednesday July 12, 1961.
Midland council, at a special meeting Monday night, accepted the tender of Albert Dragoman for a new garbage disposal site at a cost of $4,800 per year. The contract starts August 1, 1961, and terminates April 30, 1964. The Dragoman site is approximately four miles from the town limits, in Tiny Township on the concession west of the drive-in theatre. As the present garbage collection contract with Thomas G. Wilcox and Sons Ltd., calls for the dump to be situated not more than two miles from the town limits, council approved adding an additional $2,800 per year to the Wilcox hauling tender to compensate for the extra mileage. In calling for tenders on the new dump site, a five-year contract had been specified but on the suggestion of Reeve Percy Crawford the new contract termination will coincide with the termination of the present hauling contract held by the Wilcox firm. This was agreed to by council after it was learned that all parties concerned would be agreeable. 


County Herald headline of Friday July 14, 1961.
Principal R. C. Gauthier told the Midland-Penetang District High School Board meeting Wednesday night that the average marks of students in Grades 9 to 12 was better this last school year than the year previous. While the percentage of students obtaining first class honors (75% or better) was about the same as last year, Mr. Gauthier stated there was a much higher percentage of students obtaining second class honors (66% to 74%). Noting that the general average percentage of failure across the province was 20%, Mr. Gauthier said the MPDHS average this year was 16.1% failure as compared with approximately 18% last year. 

    Lloyd Stackhouse, physical director of the Midland YMCA for the past four years, has been appointed physical director of Holt Memorial YMCA, Quebec City. Mr. Stackhouse will be in charge of men’s and boy’s physical programs and will supervise the aquatic program at the Quebec ‘Y’. He will also direct the ‘Y’ camp, Camp Naskapi, for the 1962 season. At present Mr. Stackhouse is on staff at Geneva Park, YMCA national leader training camp, where he instructs in basketball and gymnastics. 

    With 3,000 copies of its first printing sold, British Book Services has now issued a second edition of Kenneth McNeill Wells’ Book “Cruising the Georgian Bay”. An attractive new four-color jacket heralds this much enlarged edition which, within its 183 pages, updates and expands the photographic and textual coverage of the water routes from Grand Bend, around the Bruce, along the Nottawasaga and north through the Georgian Bay to Killarney. 

COLDWATER — Another historic spot is to be marked with a plaque in the near future when the site of the Huron village of Cahiague, near Warminster on Highway 12, is officially designated. It was revealed by Premier Leslie Frost during an address at the re-opening of Orillia Public Library Thursday. The late Leslie Wise of Coldwater was one of the most enthusiastic proponents of a move to have the old Indian village east of Coldwater unearthed. The importance of Cahiague had been emphasized among others by C. H. Hale, editor emeritus of the Packet and Times of Orillia. Mr. Frost expressed the wish that Mr. Hale would be present when the historic marker is unveiled this summer. A summer school ‘dig’ is taking place at the present time at the Cahiague location. Samuel de Champlain spent considerable time at this Huron village of two hundred long houses and 10,000 inhabitants. Cahiague is one of the latest sites of many in this district and throughout Ontario, which have been marked with plaques following research by Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario. 

Ten Years Ago
Penetang’s first traffic lights were installed at the corner of Main and Robert Streets. * * * Midland Junior Chamber of Commerce undertook to furnish a private room in St. Andrews Hospital. A cheque for $150, the first installment, was turned over to the hospital by Ivan McConnell, Jaycee hospital chairman. * * * More than 140 North Simcoe children were participating in swimming programs sponsored by county’s recreation services. * * * Meeting at Elmvale, Flos Township council set the tax rate for 1951 at 27 mills, an increase of 12 mills more than the previous year. * * * Despite a gradual shift of population from rural to urban centers, farm areas of  Simcoe County were still paying more than half of the county’s tax levy. * * * Penetang Chamber of Commerce was disturbed about what it called the “disgraceful condition” of Huronia Park. * * * The second annual session of the University of Western Ontario Summer School of Indian Archaeology was concluded with the presentation of 18 certificates to successful students at a dinner sponsored by the Town of Midland. * * * Jim Elliott of Port McNicoll, member of RCSCC “Huron” Midland, left Midland for special training in cadet work at HMCS “Cornwallis” in Halifax. * * *  Tiny Township council approved a new building control bylaw which applied to buildings from Ossossane Beach to Wahnekewening Beach from Con. 8 to the centre line of Con. 13. 

    It was bound to happen sooner or later, and Tuesday of this week was the day. A golf ball, shot from a tee at Midland Golf and Country Club, collided with a car being driven on Highway 27. Result: one broken windshield. No damage to the golf ball. A Gropp Motors mechanic, driving a car owned by George Grise, Honey Harbour was travelling south along the golf course property when the windshield suddenly disintegrated. An Ottawa man, summering at a cottage near Waubaushene, is said to have admitted he had driven the erring ball.